How to impersonate Phil Foglio for Fun and Giggles
- Step one: Be of average height and stout build. Also, be of the male
gender, unless you think you can get away with it...
Step two: By a bowler hat.
Now you're ready to impersonate Phil at Cons. Does this work?
Well,... Yes it does. It also helps if you can convince an author to
call you Phil in front of people. I was at a Norwescon with Nick
Pollotta and he called me Phil in front of several people. And Phil
wasn't at that con that I remember. So I did my best "Hiya! I'm Phil
Foglio! voice and talked to ravening fans. I didn't sign anything,
feigning a wrist injury, but I did answer many questions:
Q: Is there a Dixie in real life?
A: Yes, she works at Deja Vue and models during the day. She charges
reasonable rates for her "modeling".
Q: What the heck is the Winslow?
A: Just a second, while I channel him... Hiya! Hiya! Hiya! There did
that answer you question.
Q: Are you really Phil Foglio? You're a lot heavier than I thought you'd be.
A: Why thank you, but when you're an artist like me, sitting on your
butt moving a pencil is not a lot of hard work, let alone that box of
cheese whiz and crate of ritz crackers by my drawing board.
Q: Really, are you Phil?
A: Hey Nick, I'm Phil right?
Nick: What? Oh yeah, sure you're Phil.
So at the next convention, don your Phil disguise and see how many
ravening fan boys you can fool. (Didn't meet any ravening fan girls,
drat the luck...)
"Another one of them new worlds.
No beer, no women, no pool parlors - nothin'.
Nothing to do but throw rocks at tin cans and we got to bring our own
---- Ship's Cook, United Planets Cruiser C-57D